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Democrats to investigate Trump actions against AT&T, Amazon

WASHINGTON: When Democrats take control of the U.S. House they plan to investigate the Trump administration’s attempt to block AT&T Inc from acquiring Time Warner, and whether officials sought to punish Amazon by prodding the U.S. Post Office to hike shipping prices for the world’s largest e-commerce company, a senior Democrat and a congressional aide said on Sunday. Speaking to online publication Axios, Representative Adam Schiff, who is expected to be the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said…

US lawmakers urge AT&T to cut commercial ties with Huawei: sources

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers are urging AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile to enter the US market because of national security concerns, two congressional aides said. The warning comes after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump took a harder line on policies initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea to Chinese efforts to acquire U.S. strategic…

Hackers release more HBO episode shows: report

Hackers have released more unaired episodes of popular HBO shows but the latest leak did not include anything on the hit series "Game of Thrones," the Associated Press reported on Sunday. The hackers, who broke into HBO's computer network and have released stolen information for several weeks, provided more unaired episodes, including the popular show "Curb Your Enthusiasm, " which returns in October. Hackers also leaked episodes of "Insecure," "Ballers" and "The Deuce," according to the Associated Press. Time…

Qualcomm, Ericsson and AT&T to accelerate 5G deployments

LAS VEGAS: Qualcomm on Wednesday announced to collaborate with Ericsson and AT&T to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP, which will form the basis of the global standards. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a group of seven telecom technical groups across the world to develop globally recognized specifications and standards for GSM and 3G Network deployments. The trials intend to help move the mobile…

Netflix CEO gives conditional approval of AT&T-Time Warner deal

SACRAMENTO: Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings said he was in favor of AT&T Inc's planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, provided that his popular media streaming company continued to be treated fairly. Speaking at a technology conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal in Laguna Beach, Calif., Hastings said it was critical that Netflix's content be treated the same as Time Warner's once the deal takes effect. “If it’s open competition, we’d love that," he said. Hastings has been an outspoken…

AT&T to buy Time Warner for $85 billion, create telecom-media giant

NEW YORK: AT&T Inc said on Saturday it agreed to buy Time Warner Inc for $85.4 billion (70 billion pounds), the boldest move yet by a telecommunications company to acquire content to stream over its high-speed network to attract a growing number of online viewers. The biggest deal in the world this year will, if approved by regulators, give AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. The tie-up will likely face intense scrutiny by U.S. antitrust enforcers…

Pakistan not in favour of any arms race in South Asia, says Tehmina Janjua

UNITED NATIONS: Pointing fingers towards India, Pakistan on Friday voiced concerns over the growing accumulation of conventional armaments in unpredictable regions like South Asia, suggesting it would fuel insecurity and jeopardise in the fine regional balance. “South Asia is a sensitive region where one state’s military spending grossly and vastly out-shadows all others,” Tehmina Janjua, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva told the General Assembly’s Disarmament and International Security…